Anne H. Thomas

Anne H. Thomas, of Eudora Kansas, formerly of Lawrence, Kansas, age 94, transitioned peacefully from life to light on Thursday, January 1st. Anne was born August 12th, 1920 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1937 and later from business school at St. Bernard’s Convent. After finishing business school, she became employed with Child’s in Jonesboro for over twenty years. Anne loved music and played the piano and organ at the Jonesboro Fisher Street Church. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, Lawrence for many years. She met her husband, Alton Thomas in 1959 and they married on February 17th, 1962. In 1976 Anne discovered quilting which she loved until her last days. She was an avid gardener and loved flowers.

Anne is preceded in death by her parents, husband and eight siblings. Anne is survived by one child, Marianne Austin, her son-in-law Steve Austin, and three grand children, Jessica Austin Oxendine, Cara Austin Chatoo and Chase Austin.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm. Tuesday, January 6, at First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 pm. prior to the funeral at the church. The Reverend Matthew Sturtevant will officiate. Private family burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. She will lie in state Monday from noon to 8pm. at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Medical Lodge of Eudora or Samaritan’s purse in care of the funeral home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044. on line condolences may be sent at

Messages & Condolences

From Ed Roberts...

Marianne and family,

So sorry to hear about Anne’s passing. What a woman of faith she was! Marianne, contact me at 816 968-0363 if you have any questions.

Ed Roberts
Director of Gift Planning

From Kenna Tait...

Deepest condolences to your family Mea. I so enjoyed the times I saw your mother Anne, she was such a sweetheart.
I hope you find peace and comfort when you remember all the wonderful times you had together. Don’t ever forget how much she loved you all.

From Doris Davidson...

Sorry for the typo………..I meant I liked the casket.


From Doris Davidson...

Marianne, Steve and all

I went to the funeral home to see Anne this evening. I was so humbled to see the quilt
on her casket. She would have approved.

I thought she looked beautiful. I liked the basket and everything you have done for her.
May your memories console your broken heart.

Love, Doris

From Martha Cheryl Pickering...

Wish we could be there with you during this homecoming for Anne. May the Lord put a hedge around you and your family Marianne to give you peace and contentment. Our Moms were the best of friends & kindred spirits. Thank you so much to you and your family for taking such good care of Anne. We love you guys. Love, M.C.

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